“More feminine than masculine” is how the famous chef-proprietor Mario Batali describes his Greenwich Village flagship, Babbo, in the beginning of former New Yorker fiction editor Bill Buford’s new book. “People should think there are grandmothers in the back preparing their dinner.”
With all due respect to Mr. Batali, not to mention legions of grandmothers, Read More
It’s already been a difficult year for Food Network mainstay Mario Batali, who has been involved in a much-publicized battle with his landlord over at Del Posto, his newest restaurant.
Now, the New York Post reports that Mr. Batali is putting Bistro du Vent on the market. Read More
Still Small, Still Shining
When Rocco DiSpirito burst upon the scene five years ago with Union Pacific, his food dazzled New Yorkers. His style of French-Asian cooking was startlingly original, with juxtapositions of textures and tastes that were totally unexpected. Who’d ever thought of matching bay scallops with uni and mustard oil? Read More
If you’re in the Hamptons today and you notice that the beaches and restaurants seem oddly empty, that’s because every high-powered lawyer, spin doctor and political fixer in town is inside sweating bullets to minimize the fallout from a recent, unfortunate late-night incident involving a young woman, an expensive German automobile and Read More
Has David Letterman killed all the lawyers?
Like Knicks seats and tables at Le Cirque, tickets to the Late Show with David Letterman have been a choice perk for select New York City law firms for a number of years. Firms secured blocks of seats from the Letterman staff and divvied them up among summer Read More
After months of trying, I finally managed to get into Babbo on the night of Hurricane Floyd. It was raining pretty heavily, but the restaurant was far from empty. Neither Floyd nor Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who had been issuing dire warnings from his waterproof command post all day long, was going to deter Babbo’s most Read More